U.S. General Westmoreland begged for more troops as the Viet Cong
launched the Tet Offensive
, a coordinated attack on more than 30 sites in South Vietnam. Anti-war protests grew ever larger and louder; the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. denounced the war. Then, U.S. troops commited a hideous war crime, slaughtering 300-500 unarmed Vietnamese civilians (mostly women and children) at My Lai
Jan. 8-26, 1967- Operation Cedar Falls to clear V.C. from "Iron Triangle"
Feb.22-May 14, 1967- Operation Junction City, N. Vietnamese Army to Cambodia
April 15, 1967- 200,000 anti-war protestors march in New York and San Francisco
July 1967- Gen. Westmoreland asks for 200,000 more troops; gets only 45,000
Sept. 1967- Nguyen Van Thieu elected president of S. Vietnam
Oct. 21-23, 1967- 50,000 anti-war protestors march in Washington, D.C.
Jan. 21, 1968- 6 month long Battle of Khe Sanh begins
Jan. 31, 1968- 84,000 V.C. attack 30 S. Vietnamese sites in Tet Offensive
March 22, 1968- Gen. Creighton Abrams takes over command from Gen. Westmoreland